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THE 1955-85 ERA

Indians with English engines and Italian Royal Enfields dressed up as Matchless marketed by Indian, two prototypes, and many Taiwanese

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To our history from the 1901 1953 era, even to the very end of the Springfield Mass. in around early Sept. Indian was importing Matchless and AJS from Britain which them some revenue and dealers something to sell as the made models were extinct by the early 1950’s. Warrior/new Scout project had miserably and I believe 1951 was the year they were and in 1952 and ’53 only a few Chiefs were sold.) Ad is my evidence that Indian was Matchless in 1952. I do not know if was the first year — because if earlier the Matchless as AJS) 500 cc. twins and singles have competed with home made Scouts.

I from the old ads I have collected that Matchless/AJS arrangement only three years (1952-54) as by 1955 Indian was and its dealers selling Royal (also made in the UK), by 1961 they went to Matchless until Joe Berliner over the Matchless (and importation a few years later. back to 1953 the company was and its shares and assets (including the property, e.g.

Indian trademarks) were in 1954 to two different companies: the Brockhouse Corporation — who use the Indian dealer network to the two aforementioned brands of English — and to the Titeflex company who unsuccessfully to manufacture things in the USA and name remained on the Springfield until wind blew it in 2005. From the perspective of Joe there were no more made Indians after

Thus in 1953 the second domestic maker, a company started two years before and was their main competitor, stopping producing and selling. The ad is from late 1954 and expresses the situation. When read it they must been overjoyed and thought American made and designed was on the way.

Boy, they have been disappointed the dealership network was used by new Brockhouse to sell English and then promises to revive the by Floyd Clymer and Sammy went up in peace pipe The new Indian of 1955 was basically the English line of Royal painted in Indian red and bearing the script on their tanks the Chief had its own fenders, wheels, console, fishtails, braces, spotlites, and ornaments made in and an extended frame and elongated guard and stronger gears for use see photos furhter down page.).

You camy also visit for more details. History has the 700 cc.c models, e.g. the and Chiefs, to have been reliable. Royal Enfields a good bike — I say the best of the Brits and I have many Britbikes including a Royal Enfield — but them cosmetic treatments and them as Indians in the USA (from — 1960/61) must been depressing for those an updated Chief or Scout.

Why Indian market the Vindian I described in the main page history) of this site? would have been a new Indian. It would’ve been a Chief. And what about the OHV and shaft drive Fours? some thought these the new models that required two to perfect.

Apparently the factory lacked the funds to proceed, and to abandon updates to old models and put its resources into an advanced parallel twin imitation the Warrior, which is discussed in the page of this website with the 1901-1953 history. (In a a great idea which in practise. The Warrior flopped it was too small, at 440 cc. and was very unreliable the last year or so it was made, by then it was a 500 but still no competition for the and BSA and Norton twins.

Indian was not in trying to copy the very Britbikes of the era. Harley’s side-valved K model, which OHV conversion became the Sportster years later, was also a of a typical English 650 twin, that it came with a V engine of almost 900 cc.) It have been embarrassing for dealers to find themselves a few later selling the competition twins) under the Indian after their own Brit-beater

The British Enfields were North American Indian such as Tomahawk (a 500 c.c. or CID twin), Chief and Trailblazer c.c. twins), Woodsman c.c. single scrambler), Arrow (250 c.c. Below are two Cycle magazine page ads from 1955 the Indian Trailblazer 700 c.c. CID) twin based on the Enfield Constellation. Very to someone expecting to see a full Chief or Scout V-twin.

On the hand Cycle magazine were very impressed its power, brakes and smoothness. it zipped though the 1/4 mile in over 15 seconds, they its acceleration as fierce. (Consider was almost 60 years ago.) Top was almost 110 mph. The name Blazer was meant in a general it did not imply trail as in trail or bike.

It was a street bike.

In 2000 I went for a three ride with a bunch of and 1955-60 Indians, and one fellow had a Trail Blazer which he had when new! The bike looked new but had plenty of miles on it 45 years of riding.

It started fine, ran like a didn’t weep a drop of sounded great and looked better than these old ads suggest. In fact the bike is and lean, like a 1960’s not chunky and short as it appears in old photos. I chose to ride behind and to the side of it so I could it and groove off the exhaust note.

It to have plenty of power for a 700 There was also a 500 single in our group and it ran fine too. I did not take my camera to that However in Jan.

2008 I saw nicely done 1957 for sale on EBay. It has straight pipes instead of mufflers and a engine (736 cc. but looks to the original 700 cc mill)

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Next is a nice 1958 Trailblazer, I got the shot from E-Bay, recall. Looks stock side panel and oil tank are and it lacks the front fender The next one I shot at Oley PA in May probably a 1955 or 56.

Looks except for the megaphone mufflers and the chrome panel on the fuel (he put a big Indian script decal on

Click on the thumbnails to get big views of the (which is a wet sump Royal quite powerful). The bigger will open in a new browser which you can click off to return to page.

Here is an ad also from the now Cycle magazine showing the line for 1959. Note it uses Enfield in as large a size as Indian. Again out www.re-indian.com if you need Indian Enfield) parts for these If you need the Enfield components for one of bikes go to Burton Bike or Hitchcocks in Britain.

And join the if you live in North America.

the trike in the lower right. was sold to auto service and police as the replacement for the Dispatch (Similar to the Harley Servi-car). the Dispatch Tow tricycle was powered by a V twin engine, the 1955-60 used a 350 c.c. Royal OHV single.

In Canada this wheeler was marketed as a Pashley about 1970 when ceased to exist. There was one on display at Firth’s Motorcycles in but I think I only saw one on the city (used by a parking enforcement cop to hand out tickets). Actually 52 sold to the Toronto Police Because the force back had Harley 1200 c.c. clutch/hand shift bikes both solo and sidecar the Pashley had a similar gear setup so riders would control consistency. (The in Toronto and probably many cities were never on hand clutch/foot shift 1980 when Harley completely abandoned the handbanger after 1979.)

In 1959 a new was offered, being the 700 c.c. engine in a stretched frame semi-valenced fenders, 16 wheels, and a made heavy duty never used before or on any Enfield except for the Apache of the same years. (Many if not were sold as police with old fashioned solo sirens and red spotlites.).

Apparently these bikes made in 1958, 59 and ’60 and as 1959, 60 and ’61 models. all bikes and cars start in the year before the model Below are several shots of 1959-61 Chief in police and trim. Not quite as beautiful as the skirted Chief but a close The acceleration and top speed were as as if not better than the earlier flathead Chiefs.

These Chiefs were considered worthless at the end of the 20th century but now condition ones and perfect are going for up to $10,000 US.

The Enfield went on from 1955-60 (+ for the Chief only), and below are ads from that era. the attempts to Americanize the Royal with Indianesque names.

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